PM Modi expresses grief over loss of lives, CM Yogi Adityanath announces ex-gratia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot.

Taking to Twitter, the PM expressed his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and hoped for the speedy recovery of those injured in the road accident.

Six people were killed and two others were injured after a speeding pickup vehicle hit many people sitting on the roadside.

The incident took place near Rauli Kalyanpur village of Bharatkup police station area.

“Six people were killed and 2 were injured in a road accident that took place near Rauli Kalyanpur village of Bharatkup police station area in Chitrakoot. The injured are being treated in the district hospital,” Chitrakoot District Magistrate Sambhrant Shukla said.

The indent happened when a marriage ceremony was going on in a house in Rauli Kalyanpur village, Shukla said.

“The pickup vehicle trampled the people sitting on the roadside uncontrollably, in which five people died on the spot and three people were seriously injured. The injured were admitted to the district hospital for treatment where one more person died,” he added.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, meanwhile, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

“UP CM Yogi Adityanath has deeply condoled the death of people in the road accident in the Chitrakoot area of the district. The Chief Minister has expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased. The Chief Minister has directed the officials to immediately provide proper treatment and relief to those injured in the accident,” UP CM Office tweeted.

“The Chief Minister has given instructions to provide assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and 50,000 to the injured and instructed to take strict action against the pickup driver,” it